Meet the CORE Project/Program Managers and Research Coordinators.
Emily Gallagher, RN
Emily R. Gallagher is a research RN at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She received her BSN in Nursing, and prior to this, a BA in Psychology, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Emily has worked with Dr. Jennifer Temel on a number of intervention studies in the areas of palliative and supportive care for cancer patients and their families. Her particular interests include patient-clinician communication, patient decision making, electronic medical record utilization, research study design and database management.
Emily McNaughton, MPH
Emily McNaughton is the Program Manager for the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In this role she supports CORE leadership with operational management of the program, process improvement, infrastructure development, staff management, and new grant, protocol, and manuscript submission. Prior to joining CORE, Emily spent over 15 years conducting and managing research in both the public and private sector, leading teams, and working with academic and private industry collaborators. She has extensive experience managing research projects and programs as well as with public health surveillance, data collection, outcomes studies, and mixed methods research. She is thrilled to be a member of the multidisciplinary CORE team and to help support the program’s mission. Emily holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from Tufts University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College.
Chardria Trotter, MBA, MPH, CPH
Chardria Trotter is a Project Manager who joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and gerontology from the University of Southern California, Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis on health management and policy from University of North Texas Health Science Center. Chardria has nearly 10 years of experience in project management, partnership cultivation, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and data integrity. Her cancer research experience ranges from health disparity, rare disease, quality of life, and patient reported outcome studies. Under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Temel, she manages a large multi-site study that focuses on the comparative effectiveness of early integrated telehealth versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer.
Research Coordinators that work with CORE:
Chinenye Azoba joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2019 after graduating from Princeton University with a B.A. in Molecular Biology and minor concentrations in Global Health Policy and Latin American Studies. She currently works with Dr. Nipp on a range of interventional studies assessing the symptom burden and supportive care needs of patients with gastrointestinal cancers, and she also collaborates on a prospective study comparing the predictive value of patient-reported outcomes, molecular tumor markers, and ctDNA in assessing disease progression and overall survival. She also works with Dr. El-Jawahri on a retrospective analysis of patient prognostic understanding, health care utilization, and end-of-life outcomes. Chinenye intends to pursue a career in medicine, where she will apply her academic interests in health policy and biology as an advocate for underserved communities.
Maura Barry is a Clinical Research Coordinator originally from North Andover, MA. She graduated from Tufts University in May of 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish. She now works as a member of the CORE team with Dr. Kelly Irwin on the Bridge Study, a randomized controlled trial focused on understanding health disparities for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and cancer. The study aims to assess the efficacy of proactive psychiatry consultation and case management on improving cancer outcomes for patients with SMI. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatrician!
Reena Chabria is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE). After graduating from Boston University with a B.A in Neuroscience and a minor in Public Health, Reena was excited to join the CORE team and explore her interests in medicine and psychology. She works with Dr. Joseph Greer, Dr. Jennifer Temel, and Dr. Kathryn Post on a social-behavioral study investigating an intervention for lung cancer patients experiencing dyspnea. The cognitive behavioral intervention aims to improve patients’ dyspnea and quality of life through psychoeducation, relaxation training, and behavioral management techniques. Reena plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after her work in CORE.
John Donlan is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Gastrointestinal Division at Massachusetts General Hospital. After growing up in South Korea and Portland, OR, John graduated from Northeastern University in May 2018 with a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience and works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri and Dr. Nneka Ufere on a longitudinal, prospective study to assess the palliative, supportive, and end-of-life care needs of patients with end-stage liver disease and their caregivers. John also works with Drs. El-Jawahri and Ufere on a randomized controlled trial of an advanced care planning video intervention for patients with end-stage liver disease who are ineligible for liver transplantation. John plans to pursue a career in medicine, addressing difficult ethical problems in healthcare and continuing to conduct patient-oriented outcomes research.
Madeleine Elyze joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2019. She graduated from Williams College in 2018 with a B.A. in mathematics and political science. She works with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Dr. Kathryn Post on a multi-site study investigating palliative care intervention delivery models for patients with advanced lung cancer. Madeleine is passionate about healthcare policy, access, and education. She is grateful to be a member of such a brilliant interdisciplinary team. After her time with CORE, Madeleine plans to pursue a career in medicine and public health.
Alyssa Fenech joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in July 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and then worked as a Research Coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center before joining CORE. Alyssa works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a multi-site randomized control trial of inpatient palliative care integrated with transplant care in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Alyssa’s interests include behavioral medicine, symptom management, and palliative care. After her time in CORE, she plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Sarah Griffith joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2019 after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Spanish and Medicine, Health, & Society. Sarah works with Dr. Jennifer Temel and Dr. Joseph Greer on two multi-site palliative care intervention studies that aim to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced, metastatic lung cancer. She is thrilled to be collaborating with such a supportive, interdisciplinary team that values a holistic approach to patient wellness. Sarah is also passionate about identifying and reducing barriers to healthcare and working with Spanish-speaking populations. After her time with CORE, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Saif Hawari is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Saif graduated in 2016 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with a Bachelors in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh, BAO). He works with Dr. Park on Integrating Tobacco Treatment into Lung Cancer Screening. His research interests include integration of tobacco treatment into modern medical and cancer care, VR integration into modern medicine and genetic treatment of chronic diseases. Saif plans to pursue a residency program in Internal Medicine after his work in CORE.
Annemarie joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in June 2019 after graduating from the Dual Degree Program at Boston University with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Public Relations. Annemarie works with Dr. El-Jawahri on a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of palliative care versus standard oncology care in patients with high-risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) undergoing non-intensive chemotherapy. She also works on a longitudinal study focused on understanding how patients’ prognostic awareness impacts medical-decision making. Additionally, she is involved in a qualitative study focused on identifying the components of the discharge decision making process to improve transitions during end-of-life care. After her time in CORE, Annemarie hopes to attend graduate school in clinical psychology.
Bailey Jones is a Clinical Research Coordinator originally from Sacramento, California. She joined the CORE team in 2019, after graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Public Health and Classics. Bailey works with Dr. El-Jawahri on a randomized sexual dysfunction intervention for hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors, which will incorporate a mobile app tailored to this population. After her time with CORE, Bailey plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health.
Yael Kahn joined the Clinical Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in September 2019 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. After graduating from Barnard College in 2017, Yael returned to her hometown of Boston to complete the Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at the Harvard Extension School. Yael works with Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell on examining the role of healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and nutrition on cancer outcomes. She also studies quality of life, psychological distress, and prognostic understanding amongst cancer patients battling multiple myeloma. She is excited to be joining the team and for the opportunity to interact closely with patients. After her time with CORE, Yael plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in medicine.
Emilia Kaslow-Zieve joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in 2019 after graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Health and Human Biology. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, Emilia works with Dr. Joseph Greer and Dr. Ryan Nipp on a study which evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of an electronic device for remotely monitoring symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer patients. She also works with Dr. Deborah Forst on a study addressing the physical and psychological burden of caregivers of patients with malignant gliomas. Emilia is excited to be part of CORE’s engaging, multidisciplinary team. After her work in CORE, she plans to pursue a medical degree.
Agnes Kwak is a clinical research coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program. She joined CORE after graduating from Cornell University in 2019 with a B.S. in Human Biology, Health, and Society. Agnes works with Dr. Jeffrey Peppercorn and Dr. Steven Isakoff on a project investigating the feasibility of implementing a patient-centered mobile app as a personalized tool in care management for patients with breast cancer. She also works closely with Dr. Peppercorn on cancer survivorship research to address issues related to quality of life. After her time with CORE, Agnes hopes to pursue a career in medicine, continuing to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary work.
Amy Yoon Jin Lee
Amy Yoon Jin Lee joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in July 2019 after graduating with a B.A. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Amy works with Dr. Kelly Irwin on research focused reducing barriers to care for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and cancer. She also works for the ENGAGE Initiative program that aims to create a coalition of patients, caregivers, and physicians who are passionate about the mission of health equity for cancer patients with SMIs. After her time with CORE, Amy plans to go to medical school to pursue a career in pediatrics or oncology.
Michelle Mesa joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator after graduating from Boston University in 2019 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. She works with Dr. Forst on research focusing on supportive care needs in patients recently diagnosed with malignant glioma and their caregivers. Additionally, she is working with Dr. Forst on research that aims to improve communication between patients and their clinicians. In the future, Michelle hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
Helen Mizrach is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. She joined the team in June of 2019, after graduating with a BS in Biopsychology from Tufts University. Helen works with Dr. Giselle K. Perez on a study of a virtual mind-body stress management program for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. She is also working with Dr. Daniel Hall on a study of a multimodal mind-body intervention for cancer survivors with fear of cancer recurrence. After her time with CORE, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Carolyn Qian joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in June 2019 after graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior and Italian Literature. As a clinical research coordinator, she works with Dr. Ryan Nipp on developing a collaborative care intervention that focuses on the distinct needs of older adults with advanced cancer and aims to enhance patients’ quality of life and functional outcomes. She also works with Dr. Nipp on an inpatient symptom monitoring study with goals to reduce symptom burden, length of hospital stay, and likelihood of readmission. Carolyn is grateful to be a part of the incredible team at CORE, which allows her to explore her personal academic interests in interdisciplinary healthcare and health disparities, as well as learn from clinicians of various specialties. In the future, Carolyn plans to pursue a career in medicine.
Chelsea Rapoport is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program. Chelsea works with Dr. Jamie Jacobs on the STRIDE study, which facilitates an intervention to reduce distress and improve adherence in women taking adjuvant endocrine therapy post-breast cancer treatment. Chelsea also works with Dr. Lara Traeger on the Optimize study, which focuses on improving adherence and depression and anxiety-related symptoms in cancer patients who have been prescribed long-acting opioids. She additionally works on Dr. Traeger’s Transitions study, which aims to create a supportive care intervention to assist patients in the transition from active lung cancer treatment to survivorship. She is currently applying to Clinical Health Psychology PhD programs.
Gabrielle Natalie Schwartz is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Gabrielle graduated in 2018 from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Philosophy. She works with Dr. Elyse Park and NCORP on Implementing a Virtual Tobacco Treatment in Community Oncology Practices, as well as the Benson Henry Institute in Mind Body Medicine. Her research interests include behavioral health, combating mental health stigma and stereotypes, patient-physician communication, and abnormal psychology. She is very excited and grateful to be a member of the team. Gabrielle plans to pursue a JD in Health Care Policy Law in 2020.
Isabella Sereno, M.Ed.
Isabella Sereno is a Clinical Research Coordinator II who joined the CORE team in 2018. She is originally from Venezuela and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Virginia Tech. She completed her graduate internship in a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit and has experience working with substance abuse and dependence in residential settings. Isabella works with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Chardria Trotter in a large multi-site study that focuses on the Comparative Effectiveness of Early Integrated Telehealth versus In-Person Palliative Care for Patients with Advances Lung Cancer. Her research interests involve quality of life, anxiety, and palliative care. Isabella is excited to work in research while having contact with patients. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and/or obtaining her License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC).
Bob Sommer joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in the fall of 2017 after graduating with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Jazz Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bob currently works with Dr. Laura Petrillo on two studies, both of which investigate how patients with metastatic lung and melanoma, their caregivers, as well their oncology team communicate about the risks, benefits, and goals of targeted therapy and immunotherapy, respectively. Previously, Bob assisted with another study focused on patient-clinician communication, aimed at assessing the impact of serious illness conversations on hospitalized patients, their families, and their providers. After his time at CORE, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Originally from Woodinville, Washington Keenae joined the CORE team in July 2019. Keenae graduated from Brown University with a degree in Health and Human Biology and was also a member of the Brown Women’s Crew team. She works with Dr. Kelly Irwin on the Bridge Randomized Control Trial that aims to improve cancer outcomes of people with serious mental illness through proactive psychiatric care and consultation. Keenae also works with Dr. Efren Flores on adapting lung cancer screening educational tools for people from low socioeconomic status communities. After her time with CORE Keenae plans to attend medical school and continue practicing and researching patient centered care.
Originally from Oregon, Carlisle Topping moved to Boston and joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in July, 2019. She graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences from Columbia University where she was also on the varsity soccer team. Carlisle works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a qualitative study focused on identifying components of the discharge decision-making process to improve the quality of end-of-life care. She is also involved in a longitudinal study focused on prognostic awareness in patients with metastatic cancer. After her time with CORE, she hopes to attend medical school.
Dagny Vaughn joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June 2019. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago and is completing her MS in Medical Sciences at Boston University. Dagny works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a multisite randomized study exploring the benefits of integrating palliative care early in the treatment of patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) undergoing intensive therapy. She also works on a randomized control trial to test the feasibility and efficacy of a psychological intervention mobile app to promote coping in patients with AML. Finally, she works on a study assessing the needs of patients undergoing CAR-T therapy. Currently, Dagny is applying to medical school, hoping to pursue an MD degree after her time with CORE.
Alumni Research Coordinators:
Maya Anand | Catherine Callaway | Julia Carp | Alaina Carr | Sara D'Arpino | Justin Eusebio | Lauren Fields | Joel Fishbein | Sarah Fishman | Emily Freedman | Catherine Fuh | Leah Howard | Amanda Jankowski | Paul Kay | Sophia Landay | Yvonne Lei | James MacDonald | Netana Markovitz | Sam Moran | Showly Nicholson | Lauren Nisotel | Catherine Pappano | Katherine Quain | Julia Rabin | Molly Ream | Margaret Ruddy | Akane Shu | Brandon Temel | Haley Troy | Olivia Van Benchoten | Harry VanDusen | Lauren Waldman | Emily Walsh | Emily Wright